PBHA's Franklin I-O Summer Program

Purpose Statement

The Franklin I-O Summer Program serves 80 children and their families from the Franklin Field and Franklin Hill housing developments in Dorchester. The program aims to provide year-round academic support in conjunction with the Franklin After-School Education (FASE) and Franklin Teen programs; help overcome gang violence and other challenging conditions of the urban ghetto by bringing the children together in a safe, enriching, and fun environment; and foster relationships between the children and Counselors of diverse backgrounds where learning is reciprocal. The inter-generational camp brings together fun-loving children aged 6-13, ambitious local teenagers as Junior Counselors, passionate college-aged Senior Counselors, and the local elderly community. Senior and Junior Counselors engage the campers in a curriculum that works to build self-esteem and aid them in making informed decisions by supporting them in exploring their identity, values, and physical world. The curriculum incorporates math, science, reading, and writing in a dynamic way that stimulates the campers' interest in learning and is complemented by daily exciting and educational field trips throughout the Boston area and beyond, as well as collaborations with other community groups. For the ten-week program, Senior Counselors receive training, a stipend, housing, and an unforgettable experience. Successful applicants will possess passion...for sharing... learning...service...and fun. No experience necessary.

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